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Six locals named All-CIF

Football: St. Francis' Talianko, Carroll, Sternau, CV's Atanackovic make first team.

January 28, 2011|Gabriel Rizk, gabriel.rizk@latimes.com

GLENDALE — Along its own path to the CIF Southern Section Western Division playoffs, the St. Francis High football team took on several of the division's eventual top playoff seeds and, by the end of its 6-5 season, had faced them all.

While the Golden Knights didn't win any of those matchups against Paso Robles, Mission League foes Gardena Serra and Chaminade or first-round playoff opponent Compton Dominguez, their competitive play against those formidable squads no doubt left a big impression on other coaches in the division.

In the All-CIF football picks released by the CIF Southern Section office on Thursday, the Golden Knights were well-represented by first-team selections Travis Talianko, Patrick Carroll and Ian Sternau and second-teamers Brett Nelson and Parker Nieves.

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Selected to the first team as a wide receiver, Talianko, a junior, was the Golden Knights' unquestioned go-to wideout and lived up to that weighty responsibility with numerous big plays against a backdrop of overall consistency.

"One of my preseason goals was to hopefully make the first team, so it felt good to accomplish one of my goals," said Talianko, who was a second-team pick as a sophomore. "I knew I could [handle being the No.1 option on offense], I never really questioned myself or thought I should do anything [differently]. Obviously, I worked hard in the offseason and was mentally prepared for every game.

"I love high school football. It's a blessing that I've been able to be on this team for two years already and I'm really excited to spend one more year with this team."

Talianko finished with 17 touchdowns on the season and had 946 yards receiving on 59 catches.

"His numbers are very impressive," St. Francis Coach Jim Bonds said of Talianko, who also played safety and recorded 25 tackles. "To me, last year, as a sophomore, with Dietrich [Riley] on board and Justin [Posthuma], he was kind of our third weapon and snuck up on some people and surprised a few people with his numbers. The thing that's impressive about this year is that he was our go-to guy in every crucial situation and he was still able to have a phenomenal year.

"He's just a great athlete and every time we needed a big play, we were calling his number and he always came through."

Whether at left or right tackle, Carroll, a senior, anchored the Golden Knights' offensive line and was named All-Mission League Most Valuable Lineman despite missing four games due to injury.

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